Divergent Energy Policies: Germany and the United States


Building from the Germany-US comparison, you will be asked to participate in a discussion about US energy/climate policy in class.

Questions that you and your group will be asked to address include:

  1. What differences exist between the U.S. and Germany that contribute to their different policy trajectories?
  2. What do you think is the best mix of policies for U.S. to stimulate alternatives to fossil fuels from a management and economic perspective (research subsidies, price premiums (ala Germany), cap-and-trade, carbon taxes…etc.)?
  3. Revisit your response to question #2 and consider the political barriers to your proposal.




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